Apprentice is building bright future

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AN apprentice is laying the foundations for a bright future after landing a second award inside a year.

John Rudge works for Hartlepool housebuilders Yuill Homes and has also studied at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The skilled 20-year-old has been named the college’s Brickwork and Trowel Trades Student of the Year at the Celebration of Achievement Awards last month.

It’s the second time John has been recognised for his bricklaying and construction skills this year as he also won the gold award in the northern section of the renowned Guild of Bricklayers Competition – for the second year in a row.

John said: “I am really proud of what I have achieved so far as an apprentice and can not believe that, out of all the students who were nominated for this award, the college picked me to be Brickwork and Trowel Trades Student of the Year.

“Working as an apprentice with Yuill Homes has helped me to put what I have learned into practice and I hope to continue to better myself in the future.”

The Yuill Homes’ apprenticeship scheme offers local trainees on NVQs in construction, the chance to gain vital on-the-job experience.

John is now studying his level two diploma in bricklaying and trowel occupations at the college.

Yuill Homes company secretary Andrew Pegg said: “Giving local trainees the opportunity to train as an apprentice is so important. We are proud of our relationship with Hartlepool College which continues to produce successful apprentices by providing them with excellent on the job experience and training which is so valued by current employers in the industry.

“We’re all extremely proud of what John has achieved since joining us on-site. We’d like to congratulate him for being a valued member of the team and believe he has the right attitude, dedication and talent to continue his success in the future.”

Graham McPhail, director of apprenticeships at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “John has been recognised not only for his talented brickwork but also for his willingness to go beyond the call of duty such as working on community projects as well as gaining his qualification to work on heritage builds.”